I’m sure you can tell from previous posts that brunch is probably my favorite meal of the day. At what other time of the day is it acceptable to feast on fried chicken & waffles washed down by a cocktail that should be consumed during happy hour after a long days work? This post’s feature is all about one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, Peaches (http://www.bcrestaurantgroup.com/peaches). Peaches is located in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn at 393 Lewis Avenue.
I usually go to Peaches Hothouse (the sister restaurant to Peaches, a tad smaller – review/post on Peaches Hothouse soon come) after my bi-weekly haircut, but decided to go to Peaches last weekend because (1) I didn’t get my haircut this week and Peaches is closer to my apartment than Peaches Hothouse is (2) I prefer the layout of Peaches (its larger than Peaches Hothouse), the cocktail list (way more potent drinks), and the menu selection (better variety).
When you walk into Peaches, you feel like you’re walking into your Granny’s house. The hardwood floor and benches against the wall (the waiting area) remind me of the parlor floor of a brownstone in the Stuy. You may notice a few patrons seated on the benches as they wait to be seated – usually pleasant neighborhood regulars anxious to be seated. Within seconds you are greeted by a friendly host/hostess and asked how many are in your party.
When I went last Sunday the restaurant had just opened (they open at 10:00 am on Sundays), it was about 10:30. My dining companion and I were seated right away – outside as this was my first time (in all the times that I frequented Peaches) opted to eat outside. Maybe it was because I wanted to soak in the last day of summer. Although dismal, the weather was warm and perfect for outdoor dining.
Our waitress, “Gabby” or “Gab” (as I called her) is one of my favorite servers – she always has a smile on her face, she’s very engaging, and attentive. I didn’t need to review the menu for too long because I walked in knowing exactly what I wanted – a crab cake sandwich! I must’ve had this sandwich at least 50-11 times, but I never get sick of it. As you can see from the size of it, it’s fulfilling, juicy, and thick (sounds like I’m describing something else huh – ha, get your mind out of the gutter)!
My dining companion also opted for a sandwich (with the same sides) – the blackened catfish sandwich. I took a bite of the fish and was very impressed (it was my first time trying it). I loved the seasonings used – I picked up hints of thyme, black pepper, light salt, and paprika. They offer this fish sans bread and fries with grits – I think I may try that the next time I go for brunch.
I finished every crumb of my sandwich because it was delicious as usual. The fries, while on the money (fresh, lightly salted and packed with flavor – no need to add ketchup, the remoulade sauce is a nice compliment) were a bit too much, so I let Gabby remove my plate with about a 1/3 of my fries still remaining.
After brunch I stumbled upon an artist selling his work as well as a few thrifted pieces – you know I can’t pass up a chance to thrift! I don’t recall the street, but he was located directly across the street from the Public Library on Lewis Avenue (a few doors down from Therapy Wine Bar).
Wrapping Up: On a scale from 1 – 10, I give brunch at Peaches a 10. The presentation is always appetizing, the service is impeccable, the food is delicious, and the drinks are sure to give you that nice early afternoon buzz that you’re looking for. When in Bed Stuy stop by for brunch, you’ll be very happy that you did!
Until next time friends!